Graphic violence

Graphic violence is the depiction of especially vivid, brutal and realistic acts of violence in visual media such as literature , film , television , and video games . It can be real, simulated live action , or animated .

The “graphic” in graphic violence is a synonym for “explicit”, referring to the clear and unabashed nature of violence portrayed; This is what differentiates true violence from the forms of violence in media productions, including “real” violence, “cartoon” violence and “fantasy” violence.


Graphic violence generally consists of any clear and uncensored depiction of various violent acts. Commonly included depictions include murder, assault with a deadly weapon, accidents which result in death or severe injury, suicide, and torture. In all cases, it is the explicitness of the violence and the injury inflicted which results in it being labeled “graphic”. In fictional depictions, appropriately realistic plot elements are usually included to heighten the sense of realism (ie blood effects , prop weapons , CGI). In order to qualify for the “graphic” designation, the violence of a particular unmitigated and unshielded nature; an example would be a video of a man being shot, bleeding from the wound, and crumpling to the ground.

Graphic violence arouses strong emotions, ranging from titillation and excitement to utter revulsion and even terrorism, depending on the mindset of the viewer and the method in which it is presented. A certain degree of graphic violence has become the norm in adult “action” genre, and it is presented in an amount and manner that is deliberate to excite the emotions of the target demographic without inducing disgust or revulsion. Even more extreme and grotesque acts of graphic violence (often revolving around mutilation) are often used in the horror genre in order to inspire even stronger emotions of fear and shock (which the viewing demography would presumably be seeking).

It is a highly controversial topic. Many believe that exposure to graphic violence leads to desensitization to committing acts of violence in person. It has led to censorship in extreme cases, and regulation in others. One notable case was the creation of the US Entertainment Software Rating Board in 1994. Many nations now require varying degrees of approval from television, movie, and software rating boards before work can be released to the public.

It can be a cathartic, providings “acceptable outlets for anti-social impulses.” [1]


Graphic violence is frequently used in horror , action , and crime movies . Several of these films have been banned from certain countries for their violence. The snuff movie takes horror to its furthest extreme as torture and murder are not simulated.

News media

News media on television and online video cover violent acts. The coverage may be preceded by a warning, stating that the footage may be disturbing to some viewers.

Sometimes graphic images are censored, by blurring or blocking a portion of the image, cutting the violent portions out of an image sequence or by removing certain portions of film footage from viewing. However, more and more throughout the years, it has been a ploy for media companies to attract more and more viewers for trivia.

Music videos

Graphic and gory violence has started appearing in music videos in recent times, an example being the controversial music video for the song ” Rock DJ ” by British rock vocalist Robbie Williams , which features self-mutilation. Another example of a music video Containing strong violence is the music video for the song ” Hurricane ” by American rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars and ” Happiness in Slavery ” by American industrial rock group Nine Inch Nails . The music video for ” Forced Gender Reassignment ” by American Deathgrind band Cattle Decapitationdisplays such intense graphic violence that it is not hosted by many people like YouTube and Dailymotion and is only hosted by Bloody Disgusting .

Video games

Violent content has been a central part of video game controversy . Because Dave Grossman and Jack Thompson argue that violence in video games is a serious crime, “murder simulators”, calling first-person shooter games “murder simulators”.

An example is the display of ” gibs ” (short for giblets [2] ), little bits or giant chunks of internal organs , flesh , and bone , when a character is killed. [3]


On the internet several sites dedicated to recordings of real graphic violence, referred to as “gore”, exist, such as and . [4] [5] Furthermore, Many content-aggregator websites Such As Reddit gold imageboards and 4chan -have Their Own qui subsites are dedicated to allow gold That kind of happy. Some of those sites also require that they be marked as often by the internet as ” NSFL ” ( shorthandfor “not safe for life”). This kind of media might be a part of reality because of crashes and other accidents, decapitations, suicide, terrorism, murder or executions.

See also

  • Aestheticization of violence
  • Media influence
  • Media violence research
  • Motion picture rating system
  • Snuff movie
  • Splatter movie
  • Television rating system
  • Violence in the media


  1. Jump up^ Bruder, Margaret Ervin (1998). “Aestheticizing Violence, or How To Do Things With Style” . Film Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington IN. Archived from the original on 2004-09-08 . Retrieved 2007-06-08 .
  2. Jump up^ ModifyMahood, Andy,Issue 12: Half-Life 2 on Steroids (PC) GameSpy, Jan. 26, 2006, Retrieved on Feb 27 2008
  3. Jump up^ Reply to Letter to the Editor,IGN, Jul 28, 1999, Retrieved Feb 27 2008
  4. Jump up^ Minsky, Amy (16 October 2014). “Luka Magnotta’s video gore: Why is the court seeing it?” . Retrieved 28 March 2015 .
  5. Jump up^ Shivji, Salimah (16 October 2014). “Luka Magnotta trial: Jury watches ‘infamous’ video” . Retrieved 28 March 2015 .